Saturday, May 1, 2010

Thread is thread, right? Apparently not....

I've recently discovered that the nylon 'invisible' thread I've been buying for 10 years at grocery stores and drug stores, and use in so much of my work, has disappeared from those same stores. This week I checked my local Giant, CVS and Rite Aid, and not only couldn't find it, but also didn't see a place for it on the shelves.

Since I use this for sewing coffee filters together and for hanging pretty much everything - and have a suspended orange peel show to install this Wednesday - you could call this a potential crisis.

So of course I went on line to try to find a local sewing-supplies store. No luck - nothing close enough for a quick trip in amongst everything else I have to do. Then I looked for places to order invisible thread online, and in reading through various sites found an article on quiltbug.com about sewing with specialty threads, which said:
  • Nylon (polyamide) thread will melt and fuse at a low temperature. Nylon thread goes brittle, yellows over time, and melts at low temperature.  Unfortunately, most invisible monofilament thread is nylon
Ack! I've been using regular Nylon thread for YEARS.
On further thought, I realized I also use acrylic medium on top of the thread, thereby sealing the thread and stitching. And,since I use materials that are generally expected to decompose, I've never assumed - or guaranteed - that my pieces would last forever and ever.

The article goes on to say:
  • Polyester monofilament invisible thread does not go brittle, or yellow over time or melt at low temperature. Polyester embroidery threads are made of long stapled fibers with a silk like finish which are them durable and color fast. They will not shrink or stretch so your embroidery motifs will not distort over time.
So this seems like a good time to take advantage of new information, and upgrade the quality of my materials. I ordered 3 rolls of Sulky Premium Invisible Thread - 2200 yards each, of .004 100% polyester monofilament thread. Hopefully it will arrive today.

1 comment:

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